Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Join Us on Christmas Eve
at 5:00 pm for our Christmas Eve Celebration and Candlelight Service

Christmas Breakfast – December 23

Join Us!
9:00am Sunday Morning, December 23rd
for our Annual Christmas Breakfast

Parents’ Night Out – December 21

Friday, December 21
5:00 – 9:00pm
Who: Preschool – 5TH Grade
What: 4 hours of free child care courtesy of East Vancouver Community Church, the last Friday Before Christmas!
Where: East Vancouver Community Church 12415 SE 7th St 98683
When: Friday, December 21st, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Why: To shine the love of Christ by assisting families.

Christmas Mini Series

Join Us
Wednesdays in December – 5th, 12th and 19th
Dinner at 6:00pm
Christmas Mini Series at 7:00
Messages of Christmas
Hot Chocolate Bar
Yummy Goodies
Celebration of Jesus!

Raise a Banner!

“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” Song of Solomon 2:4

What banner are you carrying in your marriage?

When the Israelites were camping in the wilderness in their wanderings, they camped according to their tribe. They had banners that represented their tribe. Their banner told people who they were. Their banner was the rallying point for the tribe.

At home, in our stairway, we have a decorative board that has our family mission statement painted on it. This is our family banner. This banner tells us who we are. This banner is our rallying point for our Dewater tribe.

Every marriage needs a banner. Not necessarily an actual banner that hangs from your wall. A banner is your rally point. A banner is who you are. Is your marriage characterized by love? Is your marriage characterized by grace?

I have a word for husbands… we need to set the example of love in our marriage. Our love for our wife needs to be characterized by being a protector, provider, and friend. 

Let’s work towards have a banner of love in our marriage!

Have a great week!

Share Him

“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8 I was having a conversation with a guy at the park last week. As we spoke, it became very clear that he enjoyed many different philosophies…I could not keep up with him. Ever feel like you don’t know enough to talk to others about Jesus? There are many different philosophies, many different belief systems, along with many different arguments to help others align with your way of thinking. There is only One that is True…only One who is God…He was and is revealed in the man Christ Jesus. In Jesus “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). Therefore, when we are speaking to others about Him, don’t feel like you must have a clever argument and know everything. Jesus is the One people need to know. Jesus is the One people need to hear about. Jesus is the One who has all the answers. Tell People About Him! Next time you have an opportunity, try asking this question, “Who do you believe Jesus is?” Then, be ready to listen. And, be ready to share what the Bible says about Jesus! Helpful Tip: Studying up on the book of John is a great way to be ready to share with people Who Jesus Is! Have a Great Week!

I’m Alive!

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved –” Ephesians 2:4-5

The day after Easter…

Celebrating Jesus’ resurrection with friends and family is exciting times! People getting baptized, others giving witness of being alive in Christ, hearing the word of God, singing praises to Jesus, eating good food…celebrating Easter is Awesome!

The big idea from yesterday’s message was, Be Alive in Christ!

It’s easy to have a spiritual lull after having a mountain top experience.

Rest is good…breaks are needed…although, we who are Alive in Christ should not allow ourselves to let down our spiritual defenses.

Being Alive in Christ is…

…to be set free from sin

…to be set free to love and live for Jesus

…to be set free to love others

…to tell others about Him

Let’s allow our actions and our words to reflect being Alive in Christ!

Suggestions on how to not let down your spiritual defenses:

  • Think on God’s Word
  • Pray
  • Love Others

Have a Great Week!

The Cross

 “And it was the third hour when they crucified him.” Mark 15:25

I woke up a little dreary…I woke up a little down cast…I woke up a little tired…

How can I be dreary? How can I be down cast? How can I be tired?

Jesus died for me! Jesus went to the cross for me! As of right now, 2,000 years ago, Jesus had been hanging on the cross for me for an hour and a half.

Death could not hold Him! Death could not keep Him! Jesus died on Friday, but Sunday is coming!

This evening, we have some friends come over to have a potluck and watch the Passion of the Christ together. This is a way that my family remembers and celebrates Jesus’ sacrifice.

How do you remember and celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice?
Have you invited anybody to church on Sunday? This Easter will be a great opportunity for people to see Jesus followers being baptized and giving witness of Being Alive in Christ! 

If your Gonna Fight, You Might as well win!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,” Ephesians 1:3

Do you ever fight in your marriage?

I once heard an older couple who had been married for many years say that they had never fought in their marriage. I didn’t laugh out loud at the time, but I questioned the truth of the statement. After being married for more than 18 years, I have concluded that fighting in marriage is a normal thing. Although, it needs to shift from fighting each other to fighting together.

If you’re gonna fight, you might as well win…We need to fight to have a blessed marriage!

The marriage relationship is the most important relationship next to a relationship with Jesus Christ.

I was reading a book recently that described how our marriages are in a war. Given the statistics on marriage, divorce, and single parent homes; the reality is, we must fight if we are going to have a marriage that is blessed. Just make sure your right hook is not going towards your spouse but the enemy of your marriage.

A blessed marriage brings joy and happiness to the husband and wife.

A blessed marriage brings stability to a child’s life.

A blessed marriage brings security to a community.

A blessed marriage is what God intended in the first place.

5 Things to Fight For:

  • Fight for time to enjoy your spouse (meal together, good movie, walk in the park, cuddle on the couch, etc.)
  • Fight for times of prayer together with your spouse.
  • Fight for times of praying alone to ask God to bless your spouse.
  • Fight for Good Thoughts about your spouse.
  • Fight FOR your spouse NOT against your spouse.

The verse above is not speaking of marriage but it provides a truth that I am applying to marriage. The marriage that is IN Christ, has every spiritual blessing available to it. Go ahead, ask God to help your marriage realize every spiritual blessing that is yours IN Christ!

Don’t Forget About Peter!

“But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” Mark 16:7

Who do you know that once followed Jesus, but now is not?

As I go into the community and speak with people about Jesus; I find there are many people who grew up going to church, but now for many different reasons they don’t. Please don’t mis-understand. Going to church and following Jesus are not synonymous statements. They simply go hand in hand. Those who follow Jesus want to gather together with His followers to praise God, learn about God, and encourage each other.

For some, life is too busy.

For others, they had a bad experience.

For many, they have simply stopped believing.

We, Jesus Followers (Christians), have a responsibility to not forget the Peter’s in our life…we need to let them know that Jesus still cares about them. Jesus died on the cross for them. Jesus wants them.

Who in your life is like Peter? No, I’m not asking who has walked on water towards Jesus…but who do you know once followed Jesus, but at some point in their life they denied Him and they need to know that Jesus has not given up on them. Don’t forget about Peter! Tell them this week that Jesus is alive! Tell them this week that Jesus still wants them! Tell them this week that God’s love is so strong, so far reaching…it can even reach them!

Have a Great Week Remembering What Jesus Did for You on the Cross!

(Recording will be added here after the service)

What If My Brother Abandoned Me?